Vanessa Bryant faced an unimaginable tragedy when her husband, NBA player Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash. The accident, which occurred in January 2020, also caused the deaths of Vanessa’s daughter Gianna and seven others who were on board. After her death, Vanessa filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, accusing first responders of inappropriately capturing images of the crash and sharing them with the media.
During the trial, Vanessa described the heartbreaking moment she found out about the accident, revealing that she found out about the accident through social media notifications. “I was holding my phone because I was obviously trying to call my husband back,” she said (via The New York Times). “And all these notifications popped up on my phone and said, ‘RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe.'”
Since then, Vanessa has seemingly turned to her circle of friends for support. And one of those friends, singer Ciara, accompanied her.
Vanessa Bryant and Ciara became close after Kobe’s death
It’s unclear how long Vanessa Bryant and Ciara have been friends, but it appears the two have become closer following the death of Lakers star Kobe Bryant. On the day of the crash, Ciara shared a heartwarming message with Vanessa on Instagram. “This news is heartbreaking. I’m lost for words. My prayers are for @VanessaBryant, the Bryant family and other families who have lost someone,” she wrote.
Vanessa and Ciara’s friendship continued to blossom, and in August 2020, the “Level Up” singer shared a photo from her time with Vanessa and their children. “Seeing you and the girls smile makes my heart smile. You are the toughest mom I know.” Ciara tweeted. “It’s admirable to see how you put one foot forward every day. It’s not easy, but if I know one thing, Mamba Queen is capable of anything. Love you V.” Vanessa would go for the duo’s first selfie a month later, writing, “Love you C.”
Since then, both women have made numerous appearances on each other’s social media accounts. From holiday vacations to slumber parties, Vanessa and Ciara’s friendship seems to be stronger than ever.
Vanessa and Ciara’s families are also very close
In addition to their adorable friendship, Vanessa Bryant and Ciara’s families have also developed a strong bond. Ciara has become very close to Vanessa’s daughter, Natalia Bryant, and has even appeared in dance videos with her on Instagram. The singer also gushed about Natalia while walking the red carpet at the Met Gala. Speaking to Access Hollywood, Ciara called the model “a rock star and a trailblazer.” Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson were also present when Natalia went to her prom in 2021.
Similarly, Vanessa has openly shared her love and support for Ciara’s family. After the birth of Win Russell, Ciara and Wilson’s second child, Vanessa paid a visit to the couple. Sharing a photo of herself and the newborn on Instagram, Vanessa wrote, per Entertainment Tonight, “Sweet Baby, Win.” To which Wilson commented, “The cutest.” Ciara and Wilson also accompanied Vanessa and her three children to Disneyland on Mother’s Day 2021. Most recently, Vanessa shared a selfie of herself alongside Ciara and Wilson and wrote, “Love you both.”